It looks like Spurs fans weren’t the only ones who took issue with Dwyane Wade’s laughable Game 2 flop.
The league announced yesterday that Wade will be fined $5,000 for his poor display of acting after Manu Ginobili mearly swiped in his general direction.
Before the league announced the fine, Wade tried to convince everyone that Manu actually hit him.
"He took a swipe and he hit me," Wade said Monday. "It was a late call by the ref, but he called it."
In case you need a reminder of just how pitiful Wade’s flop was, here it is:
Of course, a $5,000 fine is chump change to Wade, and accordingly will probably serve as no deterrent to future flopping.
Ex-NBA commissioner David Stern previously said that the league needs to ramp up its fines for flops if they actually want players to stop.
Stern said the current fine amount “isn’t enough” because “you’re not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player salary is $5.5 million.”
Anyone who thinks a $5,000 fine is a sufficient deterrent to players, Stern said, is allowing “hope to prevail over reason.”
Judging by the near-constant stream of flops that still take place around the league, it looks like Stern was on to something.